Al Golden inherited a mess at Miami—one that should be cleaned up within the calendar year.
The NCAA recently served the Miami Hurricanes with the official Notice of Allegations pertaining to the association's investigation into the school's football and basketball programs.
It only took 23 months.
Of course, there was that whole NCAA investigating the NCAA thing which held up the delivery, but nevertheless, the next step of the process has been taken.
Not that it means much.
The Miami Herald notes the school's hearing with the Committee on Infractions could take place in July.
Then, it will likely be another couple of months before the sanctions are determined.
And after the university decides to accept or fight those sanctions, finally, the resolution.
Head coach Al Golden is sick of this whole situation, and who could blame him? He was never a part of the problem in the first place.
Recruiting has been a struggle as Golden and his staff are consistently affected by the uncertainty of eventual sanctions.
Golden has been a magician during these times and still brought in back-to-back top-15 recruiting classes, but that's a different story for another day.
Miami's football team made great strides in year two under Golden by winning the Coastal Division, and as the players surely want to move past the investigation, so does the university as a whole.
University President Donna Shalala responded to the delivery of the NOA on Tuesday night.
"The University and counsel will work diligently to prepare our official response to the Notice of Allegations and submit it to the Committee on Infractions within the required 90-day time period."
How soon should the university respond to the NOA as fast as possible?
But this is a simple reason as to why they won't respond soon.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012-13 Miami Hurricanes' basketball team.
The second-ranked team in the nation boasts a 22-3 overall record and an impressive 13-0 mark in ACC play.
It's safe to say the school wants to see the team play through the NCAA Tournament without the "should we forgo the postseason, too?" question hanging over its collective head.
There is some good news, however—the reports of the alleged $10,000 bribe to recent player DeQuan Jones did not happen.
That said, the university is still accountable for former basketball coach Frank Haith "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance."
If this season's Hurricanes' basketball team was not this good, it is possible that the university brass would try to respond to the NOA rather expediently.
Note: I am not claiming any knowledge of the situation. The university and its legal team will go through the NOA and respond at it's own pace, not mine.
Ultimately, what might be the impact on the football team?
Golden and his staff must endure, at the least, another six months where the unknown is the only known.
Opposing coaches will be using this unknown to their respective school's advantage—something which Golden has remained silent about.
Golden told the Associated Press on National Signing Day:
"Not only are we silent in our defense against the NCAA, we are silent against our opponents who are recruiting against us. That's a double-whammy. That's tough to overcome."
The players may know if they are actually playing for a real bowl game and not just bowl eligibility, but that resolution will, again, not come for quite some time.
Moreover, they want to defend the spot in the ACC Championship for which they never had the opportunity to play.
Earlier this week, President Shalala fired back at the NCAA concerning the flawed investigation.
"...sadly the NCAA has not lived up to their own core principles. The lengthy and already flawed investigation has demonstrated a disappointing pattern of unprofessional and unethical behavior.
We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough. ... We trust that the Committee on Infractions will provide the fairness and integrity missing during the investigative process."
Hey, Committee on Infractions. When you finally have the case, you can give Golden and his football program a swift, fair and very appreciated answer.
One your superiors couldn't provide.